Match preview: Atlético vs. Eibar

Rojiblancos return to action with Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg

Torres scored his 100th Atleti goal against Eibar last year

Torres scored his 100th Atleti goal against Eibar last year

After just about edging past Real Betis at the weekend, Atlético Madrid host Eibar in the Copa del Rey on Thursday evening as both sides chase a place in the semi-final.

The red and whites will be looking for a good performance in response to their recent critics ahead of the second leg, and are expected to name a strong XI in the midst of a busy run.

Kick-off at the Vicente Calderón is set for 19:15 CET.

“Winning is the most important thing”, said Simeone after Saturday’s unspectacular win over Betis, and whilst the performance won’t be one for the grandchildren, it’s that approach that has taken us so far.

What fans really want is trophies having not done so now since 2014 – a relative drought for Cholo‘s standards – the Copa del Rey represents a good chance to lift some silverware this season.

However, Eibar are always a difficult team to play against and will be just as enthusiastic ahead of the match, and have the chance to reach their first ever cup semi-final.

Last year, Celta Vigo sprung a surprise at the Calderón and Las Palmas also took the win in the last 16 a week ago, which will provide the visitors with some inspiration coming into the tie.

Reports suggest that it will be a near full strength line-up from the rojiblancos, although Gabi and Godín could be given a rest with Juanfran likely to come back into the XI.

Up front, Gameiro or Correa will partner Antoine Griezmann, and Nico Gaitán is set to keep his place after scoring the winner on Saturday with Yannick Carrasco starting his first game of 2017 on the other wing.

Jan Oblak, Augusto, Tiago and Lucas are still sidelined, as is goalkeeper Bernabé who became the third Atleti ‘keeper to take a place on the treatment table after suffering a shoulder injury earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, Thomas is at the African Cup of Nations and earned praise for his performance in Ghana’s group opener against Uganda on Tuesday, which they won 1-0.

Eibar on the other hand will be without Asier Riesgo, Iván Ramis, Anaitz Arbilla, Kike García and Nano due to injury. Midfielder Dani García is rested.

Both sides have important La Liga games at the weekend, with Eibar hosting Barcelona and Atleti travelling to Athletic Bilbao, before returning to the Basque Country next Wednesday for the second leg.

Atlético match selection
: Moyá, Moreira
Defenders: Godín, Filipe, Savic, Vrsaljko, Juanfran, Giménez
Midfielders: Koke, Saúl, Carrasco, Gabi, Gaitán, Keidi
Forwards: Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Gameiro

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Of course we want trophies, especially this cup after having one good draw after another, but honestly, I’m more concerned about the game at San Mames, because a top 4 finish is far more important than a Copa del Rey title, and our situation in La Liga isn’t so assuring, not with the number of points for us and for our opponents, not with our performance and not with our many very narrow wins.

  • Abotreka “4”

    Hey buddy why don’t you go support Man City or something, yeah? Had enough of your bickering.

  • iamfaried

    Probable lineup:

    Juanfran Josema Savkee Vrsa
    Correa Saul Koke Gaitan
    Torres Grizzi

  • iamfaried

    You can’t rest both Gabi and Godin and field Josema in the Middle simultaneously.

  • Mitch

    I like you:-)!

    Forever FT9!

  • Hannu

    Interesting to see both Carrasco and Gaitan on the pitch. Maybe Torres and Correa upfront. 😉 Or Grizi and Correa..

  • Atleti4ever

    Ahmad always posts interesting and detailed opinions, daily from years.
    I think there is enough room for all the different opinions.
    I don’t understand why so much resentment against Ahmad.

  • Ahmad Musa

    For me the best line Up is 4-3-3
    Gaitan as ATM. Koke CM and Saul as DM.

  • Ahmad Musa

    Please let respect each other we are all here because of one thing that is ATL Madrid. We are different we view things differently no need to panic, the main reason for the comments section is to share ideas. Hopefully I didn’t hurt anyone with my short comment. One love ATL Madrid one love fans of the club.

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  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Lol Billy I enjoyed this part the most “The red and whites will be looking for a good performance in response to their recent critics ahead of the second leg,”

    I think we’ll perform well today or at least I hope, I have a good feeling today so here’s to hoping

    I predict a 3-0 win for us.
    Aupa Atleti!!!

  • Abotreka “4”

    Bas ya 5awal enta w howa kos omokom ya i5wan ya wlad I’ll kalb

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    This comment is very offensive Billy that I can’t even translate it.
    It should be deleted, and people should only be allowed to comment in English.

    I don’t care about those insults, I’m used to them now, but I will not let them insult other people who tried to defend me.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Thank you.

    But I really don’t care about those personal attacks and insults, and you shouldn’t either, just ignore them and they will get bored after a while and go away.

  • Abotreka “4”

    Ma enta wad 3ars asasan. Khaly il irhaby abutreika ynfa3ak ya 3el2.